BLUR Celebrates the Ever-Growing Canon of Black Cinema

Forgoing categories like documentary, short, video art, and music video, the Anthony Konigbagbe-curated exhibit celebrates the work of black creators

Curated by Pyer Moss art director Anthony Konigbagbe, the exhibition BLUR is a muddling of forms and genres. From music videos and short films to documentaries and branded content, all are present (on show at the transitional gallery space at 98 Orchard), but none are prefaced with their intention. When films are assigned a genre, expectations gets affixed, as well. But, BLUR‘s opening statement, which viewers are …

Michael Apted’s 56-Year Documentary Project Concludes

With the release of Seven Up! in 1964, filmmaker Michael Apted introduced a documentary series that would become one of cinema’s most ambitious, groundbreaking and beautiful projects. Every seven years, Apted has produced an installment that follows the same 14 British people—from age seven to this year’s final installment, in which they’ve reached 63 years old. Apted (himself now 78) has recorded each session and …

Jeron Braxton’s “Octane” Animated Short at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Competition and consumerism amidst the sensation of psilocybin-saturated chaos

Animator Jeron Braxton‘s work acts as a necessary reminder of the value in short filmmaking. The 24-year-old artist returned to the Sundance Film Festival this year with Octane, a psychedelic aesthetic ride coursing on an undercurrent of societal brutality. The selection follows up his Sundance 2018 Best Animated Short win for Glucose. Braxton owns the short film category, but his visual voice is noted in the music world as well—by way …